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Police: 22-year-old man shot flare gun at Hillsborough house before chase

Posted May 5, 2018 12:44 p.m. EDT
Updated May 6, 2018 12:16 a.m. EDT

— Police arrested a 22-year-old man early Saturday morning after a high-speed chase through Hillsborough.

Hillsborough police said officers were dispatched at 3 a.m. to a breaking an entering report in the Cornwallis Hills neighborhood in the southern part of the town. The officers identified a suspect vehicle and around 3:30 a.m. got another report of breaking and entering from the nearby Gatemoore neighborhood.

A woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she saw the men on her porch in her security surveillance video.

"They were prepared to come into my house," she said. "I immediately picked up my phone, pulled up my video and saw that here were two guys standing on my porch."

An officer and an Orange County sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect vehicle on Oakdale Drive, which runs between the two neighborhoods. When the officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off onto Churton Street, according to police.

The officer chased the suspect onto Churton Street until he crashed near the intersection with Corbin Street.

The driver and a passenger tried to run away, but one of them was caught, police said.

Police charged Noah Rochon Harris, of Durham, with:

  • Possession of a stolen motor vehicle, burglary tools and two counts of stolen property
  • Attempted first-degree burglary
  • Second-degree burglary
  • Felony fleeing to elude
  • Carrying of concealed weapon
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Discharge of a weapon into an occupied dwelling
  • First-degree arson
  • Injury to real property

Police said Harris and the other suspect were interrupted by a resident during the second attempted break-in and shot a flare gun at the house. The damage to the house was minor, and the homeowner was able to extinguish the fire.

Harris was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.

Authorities are also investigating three vehicle break-ins that they believe are related.

"Look out for one another, and do your part ot make yourself safe," the victim said.